Novel Consumer-to-Product Interactions with Context-Aware Embedded Platforms

  • Sönke Knoch
  • Matthieu Deru
  • Simon Bergweiler
  • Jens Haupert
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8515)


In this work we suggest a new device to instrument everyday objects in the end-user life cycle phase that makes everyday life easier for the elderly. The instrumentation of products, such as food, transforms them into smarter and more intelligent products. The equipped product notifies the user when food is spoiled and—interconnected with other smart products—advises against side effects that occur when food is consumed while a certain medication is ingested. We describe the considerations that were made towards a first prototype from a technical perspective. An interaction model was developed, a requirements analysis performed and several design and development considerations made. An architecture shows the information flow between sensors, actuators, and the Internet of Things. In the end, the prototype of a product sleeve is presented that is easy to handle and intuitive to operate. A feedback study is planned in the near future.


Internet of Things smart/intelligent products prototyping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sönke Knoch
    • 1
  • Matthieu Deru
    • 1
  • Simon Bergweiler
    • 1
  • Jens Haupert
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Department Intelligent User InterfacesGerman Research Center for Artificial IntelligenceSaarbrückenGermany

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